by Kaylee Hultgren | March 01, 2008


Browning joins Institute of Real Estate Management

MaryAnn Browning is the new meetings and conferences manager at the Chicago-based Institute of Real Estate Management. Her responsibilities include planning the company’s annual and regional conferences and managing the company’s green meetings initiative. Previously, Brower served as meetings manager for the Rockford, Ill.-based Fabricators & Manufacturers Association.


Mark Ackerman and Dylan Taylor have been named technical directors at St. Paul, Minn.-based Showcore Inc., an audiovisual production company for meetings and events.

Rachel Benedick has been promoted to associate vice president of convention sales for the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Karen Boatright has been hired as sales manager for the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Meeting and event company Experient has appointed Nancy DeBrosse as vice president of its Washington, D.C., office.

Stacey Edinger has been named director of sales and marketing for the 1,010-room Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco.

At the 380-room Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Kurt Englund has been appointed hotel manager.

Michael Jokovich has been named general manager of the 806-room Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in Hawaii.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has promoted Timothy Rector to vice president of sales and marketing for the chain’s Caribbean region.

The 626-room Regal Sun Resort, inside the Walt Disney Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., has hired Efrain Vargas and Kristine Messuri-Cloonan as national sales managers.

Nathaniel Waldron has been named director of conference services for the 248-room The Heldrich in New Brunswick, N.J.

Jessica Woodard has been promoted to director of national sales for corporate accounts at Phoenix-based ADI Meetings & Incentives Inc. Also at the company, Sherry Johnson has been hired as director of national accounts.

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Tom Donovan“Our cultural adviser can perform blessings and lead seminars on Hawaiian culture.”

Tom Donovan is general manager of the 463-room Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, in Maui, Hawaii, which finished a massive $160 million renovation in January. Donovan joined the hotel just as the renovation began and has overseen the property’s dramatic transformation. Highlights include the new 17,500-square-foot Waihua Ritz-Carlton Spa, opening in mid-May; two championship golf courses, and 150,000 square feet of remodeled meeting space.

How did you end up in this industry? I started cooking in a restaurant in college. After a year, I was running the kitchen while going to school full time. I enjoyed the service aspect of the restaurant, but I knew my strength would be interacting with guests. So I got a position at a hotel in Boston working the front desk and moved on from there.

How would you describe your management style? I like to participate along with my staff. I want them to be able to approach me with any question and to be truly engaged in their work. They can only do that when they know there is trust in the workplace -- and that means candid communication.

What’s in store for meetings at the resort? We offer special cultural programs tailored to groups, led by our cultural adviser, Clifford Naele. He can perform opening blessings and lead educational seminars on Hawaiian culture. Also, we’re thrilled about the new Kapalua Adventure Center, which hosts large group activities in the mountains above the resort, including using our eight zip lines, 100 miles of hiking and biking trails, and rock-climbing walls.